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Recently i hv downloaded McAfee 3.1.9 and AVP version 3 from the internet. my pc is on Windows 95. i noticed since i installed the virus scanners, my pc has become tremendously unstable, either hangs, reboots or comes out with the blue screen saying some fatal exception error. i hv tried installing only one of them but the result is much the same. in the end, i hv to remove both the virus scanners. i hv install service patch -1 and service release -1 for windows 95 and office 97. why is the virus scanners causing such instability in my pc?
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by:syzygy
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First of all, Never ever ever inbstall two virus scanners!  It's almost sure to screw over your system.... as you found out.

It you have completely removed both and tried just one, it shoul dbe ok though.  I used to use Mcaffe, had no trouble with it, and am now using AVP, again w/o problems.  Did you remove both scanners completely and restart the system before re-installing?


Also, once the systenm starts up, push ctrl-alt-del to see what other programs are running.  It could be a conflict w/ one of them...  

You could also try a few general "my computer crashes intermittantly" type things, like disabling Power managment and running asurface  Scan... not too likely to help but worth a try.
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by:istal112898
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I would get rid off of MCaffee. and use AVP only. make sure to have AVP version 3.27 above or downloading from WWW.AVP.COM
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captech earned 100 total points
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Actually, you can safely run 2 or even more virus scanners, you just have to be careful which ones.

I actually prefer a smaller program than McAfee or Norton.  I like ThunderByte, it is about the smallest (byte wise) available, and it almost always finds virus problems that McAfee misses.

You can find ThunderByte at www.thunderbyte.com.
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by:wneeteo
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Help! i am getting conflicting advices here! Some appear to suggest that running more than 1 virus scanner is ok while others suggest otherwise, then i get advice that McAfee is no good while others said ok??
FYI, i remove the virus scanner using the uninstall. i uninstall the AVP first. and yet the system is unstable, then i uninstall the McAffee. is that correct procedure?
i am using evaluation copies. i wish to invest in one soon but at this rate, even the evaluation copies are giving me pain.
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by:istal112898
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just stay with AVP. As I said in my comment. If you are not sure yet. reject the answer.
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by:syzygy
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I've only been using AVP for a few weeks, but I like it ore than Mcaffe.

I've encountered a lot of cases where 2 virus scanners have conflicted.  Mainly Nortons and Mcaffe.  There may be combinations of scanenrs that work togteher.  Of course, there is no reason to use 2 virus scanners...

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by:d00d27
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it might be windows
reinstall it, then try installing the av's again
might help
if you want my opinion, AVP is slow and McAffee ********* (censored)
get yourself NAV (norton av)
it also has its share of problems, but at least it gets the work done, and i haven';t heard any complaints yet
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